Mubarak Says He Will Not Contest, Protests Continue
Violence has been broken out in massive street protests in Egypt on Wednesday, February 2. Thousands of opponents of Mubarak and hundreds of supporters began throwing stones on one another as the protests continued for ninth day at Cairo’s biggest open place Tahrir Square. Mubarak’s announcement that he would not contest in elections to be held in September latter this year, the protesters are not in a position to relent. They have remained with their demand of immediate resignation of Mubarak.
Mubarak says he is going to reform the constitution giving more powers and rights to people. The protesters say they do not want Mr Mubarak in power during transition process though Mubarak said it would be peaceful. They say Mubarak’s promise is useless.
The powerful Egyptian army that declared it would not use force against protesters asked them today to return to their homes. It said their message reached the destination and they should now allow normalcy to return to Cairo people. However, the protesters deny leaving until Mubarak’s resignation.
The chaos began when rocks were thrown by pro-Mubarak protesters, seen for the first time after eight days of demonstrations by anti-Mubarak demonstrators. The military did not intervene to quell the stone throwers and maintained distance from protesters. Protesters were seen running all directions as violence erupted. The violence is somewhat unexpected after Mubarak’s announcement that he would not stand in next elections. The protesters chanted, “We will not leave, he will leave.”